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 Adland Digest FREE Edition #487
  Monday, February 13, 2006

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Internet and Profit Newbies

If you're new to making money on the internet, get to know the Do's and Don'ts of taking the step into the world of generating income online. 

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Things That Make Our Heart Race and Our Skin Crawl

I read an article the other day that said most people have a "fear of failure" that holds them back. A lot of people believe that; I am not one of them.

Others believe that many people struggle with fear of success. Author Marianne Williamson says;

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you NOT to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world.

I love that quotation. Really, I do. Especially the part about who are you NOT to be, because so many of us do question if we're good enough, skinny enough, rich enough, smart enough...

I used to believe people are more afraid to succeed than to fail. But now, I'm not so sure. That darn "What the Bleep" movie has me questioning a LOT of things.


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You just wait until your father sees your report card...

I read an interesting Gallup article about how we humans focus on weaknesses. In the article, parents were presented with this scenario:

Say your child returns home with the following grades: an A in English, an A in social studies, a C in biology, and an F in algebra. Which of these grades would you spend the most time discussing with your son or daughter?

77% of parents spent the most time discussing the "F" and the least time discussing the "A's" Did your parents do that, too? For HOW many years?

They also asked adults; ""Which do you think will help you improve the most: knowing your strengths or knowing your weaknesses?"

The majority of adults said knowing their weaknesses was more important than knowing their strengths. Gee, I wonder where we got that idea?

As adults, we all have things that make our heart race and our skin crawl. Thing that we are deeply afraid of. But are failure or success counted among them?

Or are we just preconditioned, from childhood, to focus on what we did wrong more than what we did right? And if so, how can one ever build success on a foundation of weakness?

: )

P.S. I was inspired to write this after spending some time at Linda Miller's forum, and then reading her post to the "What the Bleep" thread. Do read White Elephants. It's excellent!

If you want to read the article at Gallup that I referred to, it's here

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Web Logs, Blogs and the Art of Blogging

The ongoing growth of Blogs and RSS feeds

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How To Get People To Your Blog ...

Hello everyone,

I'm gonna cover a little about getting people to your blog.

The first thing about your blog that we need to focus on is the title of your blog.

Does the title tell what your blog is about? Does it sound inviting? Remember that whatever you title it is what is going to show up in search engines, links, and other places people will see. The title is what sells interest into someone going to your blog. So make sure you choose a title that matches your content and sounds inviting.

Now, once this step is done you can look into blog directories like http://www.technorati.com/ , http://www.blo.gs/ and http://www.weblogs.com/  and see about claiming your blog.

This is simple. All you are doing is letting the directory know who you are, where your blog is (the url) and what catagories your blogs fits in. You can also look at blogs in the same catagories that compliment your blog and see about linking.

You can also use a blog linking service to get reciprocal linking.

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BlogLinker is a service I use at my blog and they notify you by email when someone has linked to your blog. This means they have linked to your blog and you to theirs. If the linking blog doesn't fit your 'style' or is offensive you can delete or hide the link in Bloglinker control panel of your account. You can get a FREE account or upgrade to a paid service.

You can also get headline feeds for your blog and become a 'listed' partner.

And make sure you place your blog url in your sig file of all emails and any other sig file you use.

Post in forums about your blog and ask people to leave comments. Get people interactive.

Do an interview of someone for your blog. Post it and let the person you interviewed know where to find that interview. I'll bet you that you'll see some traffic from this for sure.

There are more ways and I will leave you with your work cut out to find them all.

Happy blogging.

Kenneth R Sword Jr

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Mr. Monopoly Got It Wrong: Cooperation Makes More Money Than Competition
By Kalinda Rose Stevenson

Monopoly is a zero sum game based on competition. Since the money supply cannot increase, the players can win only by taking money from other players. The fundamental belief behind Monopoly is lack of money. This means that the only way to get more money is to take it away from others.

This zero sum competitive game reflects the economic realities of the Great Depression. While thousands stood in breadlines, a handful made fortunes. For one to player to win, the others must lose.

The rules of the Monopoly prohibit partnership. You cannot create joint ventures. You cannot loan money to another player. You cannot borrow money from another player.

The psychological effect of playing this highly competitive game is that you are a solo player doing whatever you can to force the other players to go bankrupt. The last thing you want to do is to help someone else stay in the game because that person might go on to drive you out of the game.

As an economic model for creating wealth, Monopoly teaches that competition is the way of the world. It reinforces social models based on competition, and the idea that success is a lonely climb over the heads of others.

The belief that success means competition reinforces a whole array of social models and beliefs about the "survival of the fittest" and the "law of the jungle" where only the strong prevail. You can see the same belief behind the American mythology of the self-made man who pulls himself up by his bootstraps.

Even Abraham Maslow's "hierarchy of needs" is a model of the individual striving to succeed as an individual. It is all part of the belief that success goes to the individual who wins the competition.

This kind of imagery is deeply embedded in our consciousness about what it takes to make money and what it takes to succeed in business. Monopoly simply reinforces the fundamental belief that the road to success is paved with the bodies of your competitors.

As a success model, what is the effect of a game based on competition for a limited money supply? You don't have to look any further than the statistic that 96% of the population will reach 65 without enough money to be financially self-sufficient. Instead of congratulating the 4% who somehow manage to create financial freedom for themselves in this economic system, you need to ask, "What is wrong with the game? Why do so many lose?"

The short answer is that our economic models teach competition for limited resources as the foundation of wealth. The model itself demands that almost everyone must end the game broke.

What happens when you attempt to create wealth in business according to Monopoly Money Rules? It's a highly competitive game and a lonely struggle. You use your own money and do it alone. Will you succeed? Maybe. You might be one of the lucky few who manage to do it all yourself. More likely, you will end up as one of the casualties of those who tried to start a business but never made enough money to succeed.

As a model for creating wealth, Monopoly is stuck in the mindset and money beliefs of the Great Depression. In the Monopoly game, the winner amasses money but does nothing to create money through transactions.

The Great Depression ended more than sixty years ago. It's time for a new game with a new understanding of money. The fact is, you'll make more money in transactions than you will in takeovers. Mr. Monopoly had it wrong when he thought that winning meant driving competitors out of business. Yes, I know. The business world is still full of "black knights" and hostile takeovers. And sometimes the worst people seem to win.

When you take off the Depression era Mr. Monopoly glasses, you can see a new vision of money and business. Money is not currency. Money is an idea, and the only limits to money are the limits of your vision. With this vision, you'll see that you will make more money in transactions than takeovers. In this era, the most enlightened business people understand that you will make more money in joint ventures with others than you will by competing against them.

Kalinda Rose Stevenson, Ph.D.

Author of "No Money Limits For Real Estate Investors: Are Monopoly Money Rules Putting A Lid On Your Real Estate Success?"
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